The Problem With Public Swimming Pools

by Pool Builders on 11-07-2014 in Articles

Swimming is a healthy activity to indulge in. If it isn't in the open sea or in a lake, the next best thing is a swimming pool. Public swimming pools have a tantalizing look to them with the inviting sky blue water, which even those who can't swim find hard to resist.

Inability to swim does not necessary disqualify you from swimming in a pool as you can laze about on the edge, or wade, or sit in the shallow point watching the fun seekers around you.

However, you should know that using public pools come at a huge price to health, experts warn. Most people who have used a pool often confess to urinating in the pool and as it turns out, it happens more often than not - Michael Phelps, the American Olympic medal swimming champion, confessed to having pissed in the pool often.

Scientist say when the ammonia in urine interacts with the chlorine that is usually used to treat swimming pools, they form a chemical called chloramines, which is known to cause birth defects and respiratory illnesses in humans. A report published online in livescience.com states that public swimming pools are more dangerous than anyone might think.

Indeed, the culprit really is the disinfectant in pool water, which when mixed with sweat and urine, can be hazardous to health.

Researchers attribute the use of disinfectants in swimming pools to genetic cell damage that has been linked with diverse health issues such as asthma and bladder cancer.

Moreover, experts say 35 percent of pool users don't take a bath before using swimming pools, and that that's why most public pools contain recreational water bacteria introduced, howbeit, unintentionally by swimmers with diarrhea, respiratory illness, and ear and skin infections.

In addition, Michael Plewa, a professor of genetics at the University of Illinois, notes that what is used in most public pools are brominating agents and not environmentally sound disinfecting agents.

He states that when carbon-friendly substances like sweat, feces, urine, hair, skin, cosmetics, and sunscreen mix with the brominating agents, it becomes a toxic cocktail. These toxic mixtures could cause respiratory ailments, gene mutations, possibly induce birth defects, and increase the aging process.

Also, scientist at an annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science revealed that swimmers can contact antibiotic-resistant staphylococcus aureus, a strain of bacteria that can cause staph infections that are difficult to treat.

All is not gloomy, however, for swimmers as researchers say there is really no reason to shun swimming pools. Their advice is to take a bath before and after going in the water; and to avoid the pool if you have an open wound, or suffering from an infectious disease.

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